Customize Default User Account Picture in Windows 7

Published in multiple categories by Steve Sinchak with 149,680 views

The default flower user picture is displayed for new accounts and on various logon screens throughout the OS.  Customizing this picture requires a simple file copy and doing so will allow you to personalize your PC or even display a corporate logo.

The default picture file is located in C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\ and is called user.bmp. 

I recommend replacing the file with an image resized to 128 x 128 pixels and saveed as a 24-bit bitmap (.bmp) file for the best looking picture.

If you don’t have a good replacement you can snag one of the stock user account pictures from C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures\Default Pictures.

To create a backup, rename user.bmp to user2.bmp.  Then just copy your resized bitmap to C:\ProgramData\Microsoft\User Account Pictures.

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How is this better than using \"Change your Picture\" under User Accounts where you can browse for any picture you want?
Posted by Viaticus on 3 years ago

It replaces the flower picture for all new accounts created on your computer and also on any Windows authentication boxes such as connecting to a network share or proxy authentication in IE.

I updated the article to include a sample authentication box that displays a new default image.
Posted by Steve Sinchak on 3 years ago

I like to create an a transparent user image account for Windows 7, thats posible?
Posted by guest on 2 years ago

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